For all of you in America, this weekend is the Queen of England's 60th anniversary of all those fruitful years in reign. Now, it might not mean much to you, but on this side of the pond, it is one of the most momentous occasions in British history, as I'm sure it is for the former British colonies (my native Canada included.) I always admire a woman in power... so why not celebrate with scones.
Here'scone to you, Queen Elizabeth II! And to many more years in reign...! (I know you can beat Queen Vicky's time.)
Queen Elizabeth II Scones
**Adapted from recipe by Angela Nilsen
Tip: I put all my ingredients in the fridge before making scones, as it makes them more light and fluffy
225g self-raising flour
50g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
strawberry jam and clotted cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 220C/425F. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Put flour and salt in a large bowl, then add the butter pieces. Rub the butter and flour together between your fingers to form fine crumbs, lifting the mixture to aerate as you go. Be sure not to over-rub the mixture with your fingers.
Combine the buttermilk, then milk in a small bowl. Make a well in the flour mixture (hole in the middle), then pour in the milk mixture. Using a knife, gently work the flour and milk mixtures together until it forms a soft sticky dough.
Lift the ball of sticky dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and knead it 3-4 times (don't over-knead!)
Pat down the dough gently with your hands until its no less than 2cm thick. I didn't have a round cutter, so I used the top of a drinking glass (rubbed with flour to prevent sticking) to cut out the scone shapes.
Place all of the cut out rounds onto the baking sheet, and lightly dust with flour. Bake for 10-12mins until risen and golden. Allow to cool, then to serve with a generous amount of strawberry jam and clotted cream as seen below. Makes about 12 scones.
|Fresh from the oven|
And for the Queen's special occasion, I chose to enjoy my scones in this ensemble of florals (we know how the Brits love their florals.)
A contemporary take on British florals and lace: shorts and top Zara, wedge sandals Aldo, vintage shades from Grandma.